An urgent request for the MA15+ rating assigned to the latest X-Men blockbuster, LOGAN, to be reviewed has been lodged with the Classification Review Board.
Australian Christian Lobby spokesperson for children, Wendy Francis, said the children in other jurisdictions were banned from seeing it because of the overt violence throughout the film starting in the opening scene.
“Rated R in other countries, the latest Hollywood superhero movie, allows children to be visually and emotionally abused and potentially scarred for life, and we all pay for their pain,” Ms Francis said.
“According to the National Classification Code, R18+ is the classification assigned to films that ‘are unsuitable for a minor to see’. This is clearly the case with LOGAN.
“When R ratings were introduced in Australia, parents were assured this would protect children from extremely violent and/or sexual material. But this has failed spectacularly, and our children are being let down” stated Ms Francis.
Concerned mother, Deb Acason, contacted ACL, to voice her distress.
Ms Acason (nee Lovely), an Australian dual Olympian and Commonwealth gold medalist, walked out of the movie because of the violence but not before she noticed a father with four children in the theatre.
Much of the movie’s extreme violence involves a child. In the very first scene a character is stabbed in the face and another man’s arm is sliced off. The movie spews blood, chunks of flesh and even a decapitated head with a dangling jaw. Blades puncture skulls in every angle imaginable. There is torture and hunting of children.
Deborra-Lee Furness, wife of Hugh Jackman who stars in LOGAN, has stated publicly that their children, Oscar 16 and Ava 11, will not be allowed to see their father’s latest movie as it is aimed at mature audiences for a reason.
Ms Francis noted “If Hugh Jackman’s kids aren’t allowed to watch the movie, why would we want to give children access through allowing them to be chaperoned.”
The current rating of MA15+ signifies extreme violence but does allow children to watch if they are accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old.
In relation to the effect that media violence has on children, the Australian Psychological Society says there is a consensus amongst most of the psychological research community that it contributes to aggressive behaviour, to anxiety about becoming a victim and to callousness with respect to the impact of violence on others.
Ms Francis implored, “There is an obvious overarching problem with the brokenness of the classification system which is a long-running issue. The federal government can, and must fix it for the sake of our children.”